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Old 02-05-2012, 03:45 AM   #15
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NevadaGeo, we're already discussing that. No conclusions yet.
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Old 02-05-2012, 03:54 AM   #16
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Looks fabulous! Now you'll be so proud every time you unfurl your awning!
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Old 02-05-2012, 07:41 AM   #17
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Very nice work.
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Old 02-05-2012, 09:49 AM   #18
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NevadaGeo - I just got a chance to look at the video - nice! I like RoboShaw's head in the foreground for scale.

I never seem to have my camera handy when someone's easy-up goes flying by. That's the sort of wind we need to brace for.
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Old 02-05-2012, 10:51 AM   #19
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I used Sunbrella bias edging for the scallops. The sides of the awning are just folded under twice (the first fold held down with two sided seam basting tape), and then overstitched.<Snip>.

Good answer! Very helpful, Thanks!

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Old 02-05-2012, 04:26 PM   #20
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I'm putting this link from Zep in here for anyone (like myself) who might want more Zip Dee hardware information.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f442...ons-37803.html
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Old 02-06-2012, 10:48 AM   #21
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For a detailed saga of our awning construction and repairs, check out my blog entry about it.
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For a detailed saga of our awning construction and repairs, check out my blog entry about it.

That's awesome!

Why'd you wrap the fabric around the rope rather than just sewing it to the tab? The reason I ask is I saw a Sunbrella video where the fabric was just sewn to the tab.

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Old 02-06-2012, 06:50 PM   #23
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When the fabric is just folded under and sewn to the tab, all the stress on the awning is on the stitching alone. A failure of one stitch puts much more stress on the adjacent stitches, increasing their chance of failure. If the stitching fails, there is nothing else holding the awning on to the channel.

If the fabric goes up and over the awning rope, even if the stitching fails, the fabric going over the awning doesn't necessarily move, so the adjacent stitches don't get stressed.

Long story short, it's more stable and less likely to lead to the canvas separating from the trailer.

Sailrite had a video of Sunbrella being sewn just to the tab. If I were doing something that just needed to be held in place but wasn't under a lot of tension, like weather cloths on a sailboat, I'd probably go that way. The plain plastic awning rope slides more easily than when the cloth is over it. But, for the same reason, I like the cloth over the awning rope on my Airstream. I don't want the rope to slide easily out of the channel.
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Good answer, Thanks!
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